YES! Tickets are still available for sale at Oakland Supply Co. in Jack London Square: 427 Water Street.
Children’s Fairyland in Oakland, which opened in 1950, is famous as a family attraction and for its outreach — including hands-on science classes and free field trips and family memberships for children from underserved communities.
And yet for many Oaklanders, Fairyland is shrouded in mystery. Most of the time, Fairyland is off-limits to adults unless they’re accompanying a kid. But on Friday, August 18, #Fairyland4GrownUps will give adults a chance to experience this Oakland icon!
Please note: This benefit event is 21+ and you will need to show valid ID at the gate.
During daylight hours, Fairyland is off-limits to grownups without a kid in tow. But not on August 18th from 7 to 10 p.m., when Oaklandish and Fairyland are teaming up to host a night of pure imagination for adults only! Enjoy tunes from Dion Decibels in the Old West Junction, and more! Drinks are included in the ticket price. A two-drink limit will be enforced. Food will be available for purchase.
You’ve probably got questions. We have answers!
When and where is this happening? The Fairyland gates will open for grownups on Friday, August 18, from 7 to 10 pm. You can enter at the main gates (look for the big shoe). The official address is 699 Bellevue Avenue. Visit the Fairyland website for directions and parking info: fairyland.org
We will start pre-screening folks at 6:30 so that you can enter the gates right at 7 for the full experience. Have your ID and ticket ready at pre-screen so we can keep things speedy! There will be a bag check. No glass containers or beverages of any kind are permitted. Leave unnecessary bags and bulky items at home!
What’s actually happening at the party? There will be a giant dance party over in the Old West Junction, presided over by DJ Dion Decibels. There will also be puppet shows and other surprise attractions around the park. We’ll have beer and wine (two-drink limit, included in the ticket price), and a bunch of Oakland’s finest food vendors will be slinging snacks on the grass! The best part: you’ll be allowed to explore the entire park, from the pirate ship to the card maze. The rides won’t be operating, though, because rides and adult bevvies don’t mix. (Note: you won’t be able to go to the top of the pirate ship or go down the dragon slide).
Which local food and drink vendors should I expect to see there? The list is not 100% finalized. We’ll update this FAQ with the full list as soon as it is confirmed.
How much do tickets cost? Tickets are $30 a person and are limited to 4 per person. They will be available for in-store purchase at Oakland Supply Co. starting Saturday, July 22, at 10 a.m. All tickets must be purchased in advance. There won’t be any extras for sale at the gate. Reminder that admission is for adults age 21+.
NEW THIS YEAR! Sponsor ticket pre-sale. These #Fairyland4GrownUps sponsor tickets ($100) include a limited-release set of four collectible enamel pins, a Magic Key, and the knowledge that you are helping provide an Oakland family with a free year-long Fairyland membership. Sponsor ticket sales start July 15th, check Oaklandish Instagram (@OaklandishHQ) for updates.
Ticket proceeds benefit Fairyland, helping keep admission fees low (or even free) for local kids. Fairyland has lots of amazing outreach programs: summer camp scholarships, free field trips for low-income kids, animal therapy for children who have experienced trauma, a renowned Children’s Theatre program, and more. This party will help keep those programs running, so thanks for your support!
Do I need to bring anything? All you REALLY need to bring is your ticket and ID, but we’d recommend carrying some extra cash for food and Fairyland souvenirs! Fairyland will sell Magic Keys that activate Storybook Boxes around the park, and they’ll even have their special edition pewter magic keys! And since this is a kiddie park, please don’t bring anything you wouldn’t want a toddler picking up off the ground in the morning (like cigarettes, glass bottles, etc).
I bought a ticket, and now I can’t go to the party. Can I give my spot to a friend? Sure! If you want to give your physical ticket to someone else, that’s no problem. Tickets and proof that the ticket-bearer is over 21 are all that are needed for entry.
Do I need to wear a costume? Not at all. Fairyland accepts all dreamers, regardless of their attire. Lots of people do wear costumes, though. And come on … you know you’ll probably have more fun in a tutu.